Starting a week from today, the largest independent film festival in the U.S. will be returning to Park City--Sundance. Celebrities, visitors and residents alike have been vying for tickets to see the 195 films that will be showing throughout not only Park City, but in Salt Lake City and Ogden as well. Among the countless entries that will be showing, there are several titles that experts and movie-goers are looking forward to seeing most.
Red Lights (directed by Rodrigo Cortés) is a film that has been listed on most "anticipated" lists for Sundance. Paranormal investigators try to discover their "fraudulent origins" while one of them becomes obsessed with a mysterious, legendary blind psychic. Red Lights has been dubbed as "movie magic". Starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
Other highly anticipated dramas include Shadow Dancer (directed by James Marsh), Smashed (directed by James Ponsoldt), Black Rock (directed by Katie Aselton) starring Kate Bosworth, Nobody Walks (directed by Ry Russo-Young) starring John Krasinski, For Ellen (directed by So Yung Kim) starring Paul Dano and John Heder, and Simon Killer (directed by Antonio Campos).
Riding on the coat tails of last years' trendy Bridesmaids, Bachelorette (directed by Leslye Headland) is expected to make a splash. Regan is appalled when someone she called "Pig Face" in high school gets engaged before she does. Along with her two childhood friends, they try to put aside their bitterness and have an awesome bachelorette party which turns out to be "one very long and emotional night filled with major wedding-dress panic, various bodily fluids, and cute ex-boyfriends." Starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and James Marsden.
A modern spin on the classic romantic-comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed (directed by Colin Trevorrow) is another anticipated comedy this season at Sundance.
The Queen of Versailles (directed by Lauren Greenfield) is one of the most sought after documentaries in the festival. This film "follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to innate virtues and flaws of the American dream and their sprawling 90,000 square foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners.”
Other documentaries audiences are looking forward to seeing are Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (directed by Ice-T and Addy Baybutt) as well as Shut Up and Play the Hits (directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace), a documentary about the last 48 hours of LCD Soundsystem as a band.
Since these are the most highly anticipated films, the tickets are largely waitlist only at this point. Don't worry though... just because they are all independent movies doesn't mean they lack quality. Some tickets for other shows are still available so act now at Sundance.org.
--- Summaries provided by Sundance Film Festival at http://filmguide.sundance.org.